Entry requirements

.Applicants will normally be required to hold at least a second class honours degree in Biological Sciences, Psychology, Medicine or other disciplines within the Health Sciences. Applications are made online at: www.tcd.ie/courses/postgraduate/az

Months of entry


Course content

Neuroscience is a discipline concerned with the scientific
study of the nervous system in health and disease.
Research in the neurosciences is of considerable clinical
impact considering the debilitating and costly effects of
neurological and psychiatric disease. In this regard, a major
goal of modern neuroscience research is to elucidate the
underlying causes (genetic or environmental) of major
brain diseases, and to produce more effective treatments
for major psychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia and
depression, and neurological disorders such as multiple
sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, motor
neurone disease and epilepsy. Improved treatment strategies
for brain disorders relies entirely on increased understanding
gained from research which integrates molecular, cellular
and clinical aspects of disease. In this regard it is clear that
interdisciplinary approaches are necessary to understand the
complex processes which underlie brain function in health
and disease. This interdisciplinary philosophy is adopted in
the delivery of our M.Sc. programme in Neuroscience, which
is underpinned by the diverse research expertise available
within Trinity College Institute of Neuroscience (TCIN).
This one-year M.Sc. course aims to provide a multidisciplinary
training in the neurosciences, in topics ranging from
molecular to behavioural. The course is ideal for students
wishing to extend their specialised knowledge, and for those
wishing to convert from their original degree discipline. The
programme will equip participants with the skills necessary
to progress into a career in biomedical, pharmaceutical
or neuropsychological research. Instruction for the course
consists of approximately 200 contact hours over two
academic Terms to include lectures, laboratory practical
sessions, journal club workshops and student-based
seminars. Modules are assessed by a mixture of in course
assessment and written examinations.
Specialist modules covered include: Form and Function of the
Nervous System, Biochemical Basis of Neuropharmacology,
Neuropharmacology, Drug Development, Advanced
Neuroimmunology, Experimental Neuroscience, Scientific
Literature Skills, Neural Engineering, Neuroimaging
Technology, Current Topics in Neuroscience, Cellular
Neuroscience, and Research Skills.

Information for international students


Fees and funding

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Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Professor Kumlesh K. Dev
+353-1-896 4826